Alex Benik joined Battery in 2001 and currently works out of Battery’s Waltham office. From 2001 through 2006, he was based in Menlo Park. Alex focuses on investments in infrastructure technologies for Enterprise, Data Centers, and wired/wireless service providers. He has also been actively involved in building Battery’s semiconductor portfolio. Alex Benik is also the focal point for Battery’s relationships with technologists and end-users at Fortune 1000 enterprises and large web scale operators. He is particularly interested in the challenges of building web scale data center networks and distributed computing systems. During his tenure at Battery, Alex has been involved with several of the firm’s investments including Achronix, Anobit Technologies (acquired by Apple), Aurora Networks, Cumulus Networks, Diablo Technologies, MaxLinear (NYSE: MXL), Nutanix, Optichron, Tracelytics (acquired by AppNeta), Veraz Networks (NASDAQ: VRAZ), VSS Monitoring (acquired by Danaher), and ZeroG Wireless (acquired by Microchip). Prior to joining the firm, Alex was an Analyst at The Yankee Group, where he performed market research and consulting focused on local, wide area, and transport networks. While in this position, he executed strategic marketing and competitive analysis for clients including major telecommunications equipment and service providers. Alex earned a BA in Government from Wesleyan University. Alex Benik co-authors www.thewholestack.com, a blog focused on infrastructure IT, and was named a top cloud investor by GigaOm in 2012.